Since the beginning of time, man has used natural resources for everything, for food and building materials, as tools or energy sources.
A large share of human activities, from farming to the most different industries, represent a heavy toll on the environment.
The stone industry is no exception.
Although stone itself is a sustainable and ecological building material, stone extraction has significant environmental impacts, as it requires the removal of virtually all natural vegetation and soils and a complete landscape modification to access stone blocks, thus potentially damaging animal wildlife and biodiversity.
This is the ugly side of stone industry and we cannot turn a blind eye to this reality.
The environmental requalification, quarries recovery and reforestation are concerns that should be taken into account for all quarries and projects. Statutory regulators are conducting efforts to define and implement broader guidelines and best practices for the sector, but the final responsibility to restore and aftercare stone extraction sites lies with stone companies.
The proper use or storage of extracted soils, refilling operations to requalify former quarry sites, soil filling and placement to recover landscapes and reforestation are some of the key-actions to address this issue. However, every small effort and best practice implemented is crucial to the regeneration of quarries, mines and the environment.
Man has always explored and shaped nature to best fit its needs.
It’s natural and it’s human, but we have the obligation to give nature back to nature